WITH temperatures set to plunge once again and more snow on the way, staying warm has never been such a hot topic. Luckily, there are some simple solu
WITH temperatures set to plunge once again and more snow on the way, staying warm has never been such a hot topic. Luckily, there are some simple solutions to banish that chilly feeling this winter.
We bring you our top tips and hacks for keeping your home nice and toasty.
Tips: 1 – 10
- Layer drapes – open your curtains as soon as it’s light then shut them when it gets dark. If you don’t have the money to thicken up your curtains, add extra lining to your existing ones. Perhaps you have a spare shower curtain or some other fabric?
- Free the flow – Make sure nothing is blocking your radiator, such as a sofa or desk, and avoid drying clothes on them.
- Be shelfish – putting a shelf above a radiator allows more of the heat to flow into the room.
- Reflect the heat – stop the warmth from your radiators being absorbed by your wall by placing foil behind them to reflect heat back into your home.
- Rugs matter – floorboards look trendy, but ten per cent of your home’s heat is lost through them, so use a rug and fill any gaps.
- Flue it yourself – a fireplace can be a major source of draughts. Plug the gap with a chimney balloon.
- Have a good timer – save money by setting your timer so the heating comes on before you get up and when you most need it.
- Mind the gaps – make your own sausage dog draught excluder for the bottom of a door using a pair of tights stuffed with old fabric.
- Oven-ready feel – once you’ve finished cooking and switched the oven off, leave the door open to let the heat into the kitchen.
- Support bubbles – cut draughts from your windows by using bubble wrap as an insulator.
Plus Grant Rollings and Katy Docherty have scoured the market for some of the hottest products that will give you a warm glow – whatever your budget.
Hot gadgets will help too
- Lightweight and thermal bodywarmer (£99) can be bought with or without a battery pack (£49.99) – buy now
- These have three heat settings, and the makers say power lasts up to ten hours, £38.99 – buy now
- Pop them in the microwave and they will warm up your feet after a chilly winter walk. They come in sizes three to seven, £24.99 – buy now
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- Palm-sized gadget is rechargeable, fits in your pocket and lasts up to 14 hours, £19.99 – buy now
- Keep snug out and about with this battery-charged neck warmer which lets you choose temperatures between 40C-60C, £20 – buy now
- If you’re working from home, this thermos promises to keep your tea or coffee warm all morning, £7.99 – buy now
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